January 1835-June 1836

The Collected Letters, Volume 8


TC TO JOHN STUART MILL; 10 January 1835; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18350110-TC-JSM-01; CL 8:6-7.


[Ca. 10 January 1835]

My dear Mill,

Can you thro' any of your triumphing Reformers procure me a frank? It contains printed paper, and an Italian Letter for my Mother.1 The Grocer declares it to be exactly an ounce, not more nor less: I think Members have a little Balance by them, that will tell better; in the unfavourable case, pray return it by the Twopenny post (dated a day later), and I will lighten it. What trouble I give you!

I begin also to be quite ashamed about those Newspapers; tho' I do not yet forbid you.2

That of the “Destructives” is very recogniseable, very good.3 The word “Destructive” amuses me not a little; for I believe it first of all proceeded from Craigenputtoch, near three years ago, in the Article Goethe: three months after that, it began to come back in the Newspapers. Ours is a very ridiculous-lugubrious world.4

My Dame (who thanks you) is walking again; as far as Knightsbridge. I will see the India House in a day or two, if you do not see me.

Ever affectionately /

T. Carlyle

P.S. The printed paper spoken of above is two copies of the thing here (which I may as well send you); this is my Mother's copy, but I can get it back at the India House, or otherwise.